Kevin Smith Reacts to Batgirl Cancellation Decision by Warner Bros. Discovery
Following the sudden and shocking news that Warner Bros. Discovery had canceled the upcoming Batgirl film. Many have weighed in on the decision to give the film the axe even after it was all but completed. Leslie Grace, who was set to star in the film, took to social media to speak publicly about the film’s cancelation and shared a heartfelt message with fans and her cast and crew.
Kevin Smith is the latest to chime in during an episode of his series Hollywood Babble-On. The writer/director/producer and all-around geek called the decision to scrap the film “an incredibly bad look.” He noted that the film’s directors had talent and that he struggled to understand why they would scrap the film after being this far into post-production.
Smith went on to say:
“It’s an incredibly bad look to cancel the Latina Batgirl movie. I don’t give a sh** if the movie was absolute f***ing dogsh** — I guarantee you that it wasn’t. The two directors who directed that movie did a couple of episodes of Ms. Marvel, and it was a wonderful f***ing show and they had more money to do Batgirl than they had to do an episode of Ms. Marvel and stuff.”
The film was helmed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah from a script written by Christina Hodson and Kristin Burr. The film was set to also star Brendan Fraser as Firefly with J.K. Simmons returning to reprise his role as Jim Gordon alongside Grace.
The DC Extended Universe has been a sore subject for fans for quite some time with many comparisons to the Marvel Cinematic Universe that seems to be swimming in profits like Scrooge McDuck. Although the debate is ongoing as to which film universe is best, as a production company, you cannot argue that Marvel finds itself in a much better place than its DC counterpart has yet to find its identity even after pulling off successful films such as Wonder Woman and Shazam.
Reports state that Warner Bros. Discovery is in search of someone to steer this ship in the right direction in the same sense that Kevin Feige has done for Marvel Studios, this is something that is desperately needed to bring some justice to the rich universe created by DC Comics. Sadly, it didn’t come in time to save the Batgirl film.
Warner Bros. Discovery still has a slate of films releasing in the DCEU as the previously HBO Max planned release of Blue Beetle continues to move towards a theater release and the highly-anticipated films Black Adam, Shazam! Fury of the Gods, and Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom make their way to theaters. Stay tuned as more develops on the future of the DC Extended Universe.